Mark Hedengren: Mormon Photographer
Mark Hedengren is a photographer, videographer, and writer. He earned his BFA degree in photography (with a minor in philosophy) from Brigham Young University in 2005. He then earned an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art.
His work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows nationally and internationally. Hedengren traveled through Mexico, France, Ghana, and New York photographing Mormon missionaries as they worked. His collection, “Missionary,” was exhibited at BYU in 2007. His book, The Mormons, which features candid photographs of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in countries such as Sweden, Africa, Cambodia, and France, was published in 2010. He also wrote Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange’s Three Mormon Towns in 2012. It includes over sixty photos from the original photo documentary series that Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange shot in 1953 and published in Life magazine. Hedengren included photographs he took when he revisited those towns.
Hedengren worked as a photographer and videographer for Getty Images. He has also been a photographer with Sipa Press. In 2010 he was an adjunct professor of photography and video at BYU. His short films have been featured in film festivals such as Slamdance and BBC Films. He is the director of the feature-length documentary film Sundance Skippy.
He is the recipient of the 2013 Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship for two bodies of work he did on people’s relationship with nature, "Cliff Jumpers" and "They Dwelt in a Tent."